Northland trampers have been helping the police with their enquiries. Apparently, the hot and cold weather makes a bumper dope crop more likely this year. The Northern Advocate lends a lazy journalistic hand by telling folks what to look out for on their country walks, like:
- Stolen electric fencing from rural locations used to keep animals out of cannabis plots
- Stolen black piping used for irrigating cannabis plots
- Cars regularly parked on the side of the road in rural places
- Pungent smells associated with hydroponic cannabis production
As someone who lives and spends a fair amount of time in the country, I have the following questions:
- How do I tell whether electric fencing is stolen?
- How do I know which black irrigation piping is stolen and which isn’t?
- Couldn’t cars regularly parked on the side of the road in rural places belong to trampers or folks growing legal crops?
- What if I am not familiar with the pungent smells associated with hydroponic cannabis production?
Those more schooled in the art of nosing out narcotics can ring 0800 BAN DRUGS (0800 226 3784) to report their finds – calls are free and can be anonymous.